Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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Gov. Scott Walker said he was making good on his promise to deliver welfare reform when he signed three bills this week in River Falls. The bills were part of a package of legislation the Republican governor signed during various stops around the state Tuesday, April 10. "We looked at it in the fact that at 2.9 percent unemployment, we can't afford to have anybody on the sidelines," Walker said to a group of supporters and curious shoppers at Dick's Fresh Market. "We need everybody in the game."
Authorities on Thursday arrested a Glenwood City School District faculty member amid allegations he had an online sexual relationship with a Missouri child.
Five people were hospitalized Saturday following two separate crashes on Pierce County roads. The first crash, at 1:15 p.m. March 31, sent a Prescott woman and two children to a hospital after an incident on Highway 10 near 620th Avenue in the town of Oak Grove. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said investigation revealed that a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 34-year-old Prescott resident Analicia K. Frandrup was struck in traffic after a 2007 GMC Envoy driven by Keith W. Shonkwiler crossed the centerline.
A Minnesota man was injured last week after a vehicle left the road, crashed and burst into flames in Beldenville. Pierce County deputies and Wisconsin State Patrol troopers responded to the crash at 4:34 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at W7768 Highway 65. Troopers said the driver, 21-year-old Clayton Elkins, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for his injuries.
A New Richmond-area teenager who carried an AR-15 rifle in his car raised concerns among coworkers after saying he was going "to shoot kids," according to charges filed this week in St. Croix County Circuit Court St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said investigators found an unloaded AR-15 rifle Friday, March 30, in Nicholas H. Cherrier's car and a prosecutor said the 18-year-old had about 3,500 rounds of ammunition in the bedroom of his town of Somerset home.
MADISON — A southern Wisconsin man could permanently lose his driver's license under a new state law aimed at keeping repeat drunken drivers off the roads.
Deputies were called at 9:59 p.m. March 22 to the Mississippi River at Maiden Rock for a report of an ATV with a trailer that went through the ice about 1.3 miles west of the boat landing. Deputies learned no people went into the water during the incident.
Richard Zeier didn't consider it abuse when Catholic Church clergy molested him as a child and he didn't see anything criminal about three bizarre encounters he had later in life with a young boy. Those beliefs were revealed Thursday at Zeier's sentencing hearing, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham reminded the Star Prairie man that not only did his acts with a 5-year-old boy represent crimes, but some of the most severe under state law.
Judge Rebecca Dallet Age: 48 City of residence: Milwaukee Occupation: Judge Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ohio State University.summa cum laude with honors, Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University Law School, summa cum laude
Wisconsin voters will decide next week whether to do away with the state treasurer position. The question of whether to eliminate the office will be put to all voters on the April 3 ballot. The position, currently held by Matt Adamczyk, pays an annual salary of $69,701, according to 2017 figures.